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Chilika Lake

chilika lakeQueen of natural beauty, Chilika Lake, the largest brackish water lake in Asia covering an area of over 1,100 sq. km is a great attraction for the tourists for fishing, bird watching and boating. In winter Chilika aflutter with thousands of indigenous and migratory birds of many varieties from far and near - even from the distant Siberia. The fabulous beauty of Chilika which has inspired poets to sing its glory and which can be best enjoyed from Balugaon, Barkul, Rambha and Satapada must be seen to be believed. One can also have a glimpse of the lake from the moving trains and vehicles on the road near these places. The atmosphere is just serene and undisturbed amidst the blue expanse of water on one side and an evergreen range of hills on the other. Dotted with a host of islands with romantic names, a cruise in Chilika will be a life-long memory.

Approach

By air to Bhubaneswar (Chilika is around 100 kms from Bhubaneswar), road and rail.

Best time to visit

Chilika can be visited round the year, but the ideal time to visit this place would be from October to June.

Important tourist spots in & around Bhubaneswar

Kalijai Island, Honeymoon Island, Breakfast Island, Birds Island, Nalabana (Island of Reeds), Parikud Island, etc. are some of the important and interesting spots inside the lake.

The Island of Kalijai is famous as a center of religious worship due to the temple of Goddess Kalijai where a big fair is held on the occasion of Makara Sankranti that falls in January every year. The Island of Nalabana, 8 km in circumference occupies a unique place in the vast expanse of Chilika Lake as it happens to be the central point for the migratory birds. One can view the dolphins at Chilika mouth near Satapada.

Goddess Narayani adorns the valley hill-top which is girdled by a stream. It is an ideal picnic spot.

Nirmaljhara has earned its name as an ideal place for picnic as well as pilgrimage. A stream that emerges out from the feet of a Vishnu image enhances the importance and sanctity of the place.

Famous for the time honoured temple of Goddess Bhagabati, Banpur has earned celebrity as a center of religious activities. Once it was the capital of Sailodvaba dynasty, responsible for the construction of the early group of temples in Bhubaneswar. The large number of Buddhist images discovered at Banpur relate the place to the Vajrayan cult of Buddhism. The temple of "Dakshya Prajapati" is a fine specimen of extraordinary artistic excellence of Orissan art. Banpur is 8 km from Balugaon, 42 km from Rambha and 104 km from Bhubaneswar.

An unique paradise of nature. Its 1168 sq kms blue brackish water attract hundred thousands of migratory birds.

Its day begin with the song of birds and sun set with their prayer.

It´s a complete holidaying with a romantic atmosphere.

Here the Irawady dolphin welcome you on their dancing rhythmic way.

Here the different sea food attracts many of food lover.

My beloved Chilika gives the bread and butter to thousands of fishermen folk.

Tour Itinerary

Duration: 05 Night / 04 Day

Day 01: Bhubaneswar

Upon arrival Bhubaneswar meet our representative at airport / railway station, transfer to hotel and relax.

Day 02: Mangalajodi

Short drive to Mangalajodi [2hr drive]. Lunch at there. After noon board the country side paddle boat and excursion the different migratory birds, Overnight stay in a eco tent.

Day 03: Nalban - Rambha

Early Drive towards Barkul (1 hr drive) . board the motor boat for Nalban. Meet the migratory flemingos. Lunch at barkul. Then drive towards Rambha (1hr drive). Check in a decent hotel on the bank of chilika lake. Free afternoon for self. Overnight stay at there.

Day 04: Satapada

After breakfast drive towards Satapada to cross the lake by ferry. By boating meet the wild irrawady dolphin on nature also the mingling point of sea and lake - the sea mouth. Overnight stay in a clean and comfort hotel at Satapada.

Day 05: Puri

Drive towards Puri (1½ hr drive). Upon arrival check in a decent hotel on beach. Afternoon visit the Puri local sightseeing. Overnight stay in a same hotel at Puri.

Note: if you board the overnight train you may not check in hotel at Puri on the last day.

Tour End: Tour price depend on the group size and type of vehicle and hotel.

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